Advice for elderly drivers
We are warning elderly people of the dangers of driving while suffering from ill or deteriorating health. This comes after a number of incidents with aging drivers being involved in collisions.
Officers were called to a collision on the A120, Elmstead, shortly after 9.40am on Saturday, September 9.
A 90-year-old woman failed to see an approaching car when turning her blue Vauxhal Agila on to a dual carriageway. As a result she hit the car, driven by a 29-year-old man, which was forced to swerve onto a curb and subsequently crashed through a fence.
The woman continued to keep her foot on the accelerator and crashed into a field a couple of hundred metres up the road.
The man suffered serious head injuries and was lucky to walk away from the collision.
Officers were called to a collision in Bromley Road, Colchester shortly after 10am on Monday, October 24.
A woman in her sixties had reversed her blue Vauxhall Corsa into a metal barrier outside Tesco express.
An ambulance attended but the driver suffered no injuries. No one else was injured.
The car had to be recovered as it was suspended 4ft off the ground and attached to the barriers.
Both drivers surrendered their licenses following the incidents.
Casualty Reduction Manager at Essex Police, Adam Pipe said, “The decision to stop driving due to ageing health can be difficult due to the loss of independence from not having a car to drive. However the repercussions of an avoidable collision can be huge and range from personal injury to the driver to loss of an innocent member of the public.
“If you’re worried about a family member who you think is unfit to drive, you can contact us at [email protected] and we can arrange a home visit. An officer will visit the driver at home and give them a health assessment, including an eye test and will discuss any pre-existing medical conditions.
“Working with elderly drivers is just part of the engagement, enforcement and education work we do in an effort to change the behaviour of road users of all ages, whether they are a driver, cyclist or pedestrian.”